Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

HWST 110 - Wa‘A Ho‘Okele: Hawaiian Sailing Canoes

  • Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23
  • Recommended Prep: Some knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture

This course introduces students to traditional and modern knowledge about canoe building and coastal sailing in Hawai‘i. The Spiritual and practical aspects of canoe traditions will be covered along with related knowledge of astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, geography, ethnobotany, and physics. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of HWST 110, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural protocols and values associated with sailing Hawaiian coastal canoes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to swim 500 meters and stay afloat for one hour in deep water.
  • Identify and explain dangers associated with sailing a coastal canoe and practice procedures and use equipment to safeguard against harm or injury at sea.
  • Identify and explain emergencies that may occur at sea and practice procedures and using equipment to respond to an emergency to prevent injury or loss of life.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce a sail plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to monitor weather patterns and determine right winds and safe ocean conditions for sailing on a designated vessel to the destination indicated in the sail plan.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the captain, navigator, and other crew positions on board a coastal sailing canoe.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of parts of the canoe and canoe.
  • Demonstrate skills needed to sail a coastal canoe, including tying and untying knots, casting off from a dock or weighing anchor, paddling, raking the mast, setting the sails, steering, tacking, stopping, anchoring, and docking.
  • Demonstrate a competence in coordinating activities of a sailing canoe and an escort vessel.

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